I am One Man Show. Am I ??

A boy in fit of anger full with exuberance of youth & inflated ego, bursted to his sister that he was a ‘one man show’, and he never depended on others… The names of the brother sister duo ain’t important here, I brushed it off as utterances of a youth in fit of anger. But still somewhere i kept questioning the rationale of the term ‘one man show’, can anybody be so independent to be called as ‘one man show’ ?? The answer i guess is a BIG NO.

Some years back i read a board hanging in my Boss’s Chamber, it quoted saying that heart weeps hundred times seeing hundreds of people who helped the person reach his destination..

All through our lives, we trust and depend on so many faceless individuals and yet we claim that we are one man show, we do not need anybody’s help…

My day begins with the alarm ringing which reminds me that my day begins depending on that small clock, then i depend on my family members for tea, breakfast and all routine chores, i depend on my paperwallah & cablewallah to keep me updated in the morning, i depend upon the autowallah, bus driver to reach my office in time, i depend upon the motorman of the train & hundreds of faceless people who help keep the entire railway system running, one small error by anyone can cost life, still we do claim we need nobody.

Life afterall is a network of hyperlinks, we all are linked with each other, anybody who claims to be ‘one man show’ can be called as broken link, and a broken links more often than not create unnecessary hiccup.

So my friends out there, never feel bloated by inflated egos, when you attain success, never feel that ‘I am One Man Show’, we can never be, our dna is’nt designed to be so…


26/11/2008 till now – Do we ever learn Lesson

Looking back at the horrific events of 26/11/2008, i still question myself about what changes we underwent the last year, did we, the government, our police force, our bureaucracy our media and our civil society remain the same after some days of jingoistic euphoria and public outcry. No doubt the silent candle march we witnessed immediately after 26/11/2008, signaled that things would not remain the same ever after. But did they change either? I guess we have moved a full round circle, but since it took 365 days for travel, we never realized that it was a circle and we are again on the same place where we were a year ago.

All the players have remained the same, displaying same kind of lethargy they used to showcase earlier. Let’s see what all things happened during this period of one year. Let’s begin with our Government.

All thought that now the Government would act swiftly, it would take stern action, what happened, few Ministers were shown door. The biggest joke the Government played was the Home Minister of Maharashtra was again given red carpet entry in the same capacity even before one year passed, was that some kind of evil joke the government played with us all ?  I guess the public memory is not that weak either. In the name of strengthening coastal security, what have we achieved in the last one year? pretty little? the marine police dont have fast boats to police the high seas. The intelligence gathering machinery have to depend on US inputs for all the intelligence, the Central Government is leaning on US for pressurizing Pakistan for action. Pakistan is playing hide and seek with the evidence and those behind the heinous crime.

The State Government was promised the elite NSG Commando Force, just imagine where the elite force is stationed, in a chronically traffic jam infested area at Marol, suppose any untoward incident re-occurs the poor commandos will take as much time to reach the spot as they took to reach from Delhi. The State Government is dilly dallying to provide basic infrastructure to this elite force, their response was formation of Force One, and on the day of the induction of Force One Commandos four of the Commandos fainted because they could not stand for much duration in the heat. What a pity. The investigation of the entire sequence of event is taking time, the bulletproof jacket of Late Shri Hemant Karkare, Head, Anti Terrorism Squad is deliberately lost to shield the people who purchased the faulty material. The then Commissioner is now crying hoarse that his juniors were not listening him. Everything seems to be a big chaotic circus,  the irony though is that we the common people are being taken for ride. The Media too, especially the visual ones, dont fare much in this picture, what was their role, the kind of mad rush for TRP was all seen after the event, all are trying to cash in the occasion.

The Civilians are also at fault, just because our attitude is of ‘Chalta hai’ after some days of hurt, we tend to forget and go back to routine, we have forgotten to question the wrong. We tend to look the other way just because we dont wish to get into the ‘matter’. We have elected the same band of politicos who ruled then and now wish they will fare better. Wishful thinking isn’t it??

I am reminded of my boss, once he gave me a task, which we both knew was not going to materialize, i foolishly told my boss why are we working on the job when we both know that it was going to fail, he said, my boy even i know it wont work, but the people for whom we are working must feel that we are doing something for them. Even our Government is doing same with us. Isn’t it?